Home Sweet Mountain Home

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Wild flowers gathered for my front door.


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Greetings from Sun Valley.  I’m so blissed out to be here!

In just a few short hours the weather will run the gamut of  brilliant sunshine, billowing white clouds, a dark horizon, a burst of quick rain and back to glorious sunshine again.


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The sunlight paints the mountains a multitude of greens after a quick rain shower

The town is buzzing with sporty types all looking very fit and rather chuffed with themselves, having just completed a long bike ride, a strenuous hike or perhaps just a delicious brunch at Christina’s. Being of the “first gear persuasion” myself, I enjoyed a leisurely stroll this afternoon, stopping by some of my regular haunts, including The Iconoclast bookshop (do you think I could remember the name of the book I was looking for??)  and of course the obligatory visit to Chateau Drugs.  Quel horror! A change of ownership without me being consulted?! This is the shop that our friends and I (we?? yikes-altitude, gin & tonic) used to joke that you could find anything– not no more…(just testing)  Change is good, but not always.



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Riotous Lupines by the side of the road


On the up side, as I’m in vacay mode I feel freed up to be as sloth-like as I care to be, which is pretty darn sloth-like.  I finished an entire book yesterday; “The Dignified Guest” by Sue Miller. It started off so promising and then sort of petered out for me.  Quite honestly, I’m in the market for a great book with  characters I can actually fall in love with, or at least admire.   I’m on a dry streak of books inhabited by people I’d rather punch than go to lunch with.  I’d be thankful for any of your suggestions.


Big Wood River, Sun Valley, IdahoSlim Paley photo

Looking north from my deck this morning.

The river is running fast and high.  I’m not able to catch it with my camera but the sky is filled with fluffy white Cottonwood seeds, (you can just see a fine blur in the right side of the photo) It’s almost like snow drifting through the air. They catch in your hair, on screen doors, in spiderwebs, a fine downy layer coating everything with the promise of thousands of new Cottonwoods next Spring.



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Look at these funny little flowers growing in my garden. I don’t know what they’re called but they look like pink Water Buffalos!



Well, whether it’s the altitude, the sun or just the pure mountain air- I’m knackered.

I’m looking forward to falling asleep to the sound of the river



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Wishing you a great rest of the weekend

and for those of you in L.A.- I hope you’re surviving “Car-mageddon” without too much inconvenience 🙂



  1. Are you telling us, that the crowd of fat, saucy Lupine, in all those sorbet colors, were WILD, on the side of the road – is someone throwing steroids out their car window or are you shooting from the dirt????? They look sumptuously hugmungous……….bravo!

  2. *** Ohhhh that scenery… the ice skates w/ the pretty flowers… the rustic feel amongst all the FRESH, MOUNTAIN air… Thank you for sharing~~~~ it reminds me of Park City, Utah, a fave spot on earth!!!

    Llinda in AZ *

  3. Your place looks wonderful, I had a couple of days in SV and it is stupendous in the summer! The skates on the door are perfect. The flowers are called bleeding hearts, they also come in pure white. Sleeping to the sounds of the river? Dreamy!

  4. You just go from one heavenly spot to another! What a beautiful setting you are enjoying now. And I do agree with Lawrence, those Lupine do look like they’ve been fed steroids. Quite amazing! Re books you might give my new The Beautiful Lady Was A Palace Eunuch a try. There is a great deal of interesting little known Chinese history worked in as well as details about life in the Forbidden City and a few very unusual murders committed with three and a half inch bound feet! And the glamour of life in Shanghai in late 1920’s and early 30’s when it was one of most exiciting cities in the world — which it is once again now! Have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Your place is quite breathtaking. Nothing better than that sweet mountain air.

    I read the book ‘Sarah’s Key’ by Tatiana de Rosnay last week. I highly recommend it. It is heartbreaking but also uplifting. And you will remember it forever. (I also noticed today they have made a film of it with Kristen Scott Thomas).


  6. Slim I’ve just finished a sweet story – The Guernsey Literary & Potatoe Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows…..B:)

  7. I want to be there. They’re calling for 100+ temps in Philly next week, so I will be a sloth, too- camped out in front of the air conditioner.

    I hope some of your readers leave suggestions for a book; I need one, too. I just tried to read “Sarah’s Key” but it was so sad I had to stop, although the characters were beautifully written, if you can handle it.

  8. Buffalo flower – Dicentra Spectabilis – in England commonly known as Bleeding Heart
    or Lady in the Bath, which is why eventually it is good to learn the Latin names.
    (you know the Buffalo Lady flower, or the Bleeding Heart flower, the pink one with the white bits hanging out).


  9. I have a little notebook where I write down books I have loved (because no matter how much I love them, I can never for the life of me remember the titles, or the authors). So, as soon as I remember where I put the little notebook, I will give you some recs!! (My brain cells cannot be dying this fast, can they?)

  10. Found it!
    And it was not in a notebook. Well, it had been in a notebook but I tore the pages out and put them in a nondescript pile of assorted and totally unrelated papers in one of those “leather-like” trays that make it seem like I’m organized, but…anyway, I found it!
    So, here’s what I’ve really liked — I’m sure you’ve read some of these, but in the off chance you haven’t: Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout), Freedom (Jonathan Franzen), Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner) <<<<one of my all-time favorite books, Unless (Carol Shields), Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides). And then there's one that seems light and is incredibly funny but taps into some deep emotional stuff about marriage, love, family, etc: Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You.
    I have more recs if you need. On another list that I'm sure I will find…at some point.

    • I keep book journals too or I would NEVER remember all the books I’ve read. I can barely remember the titles of the ones I’m reading at present, unless they are very well known or classics. I try to also write how I came upon the book, a little summary and then give them “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” (because sometimes I can’t even remember if I liked them or not!)
      I have read “Olive Kitteridge” and “Middlesex” and liked both. Two very different books to be sure. I have Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety” in my library but have never read it- now I’m intrigued. Thanks!

  11. Gorgeous photos, one and all. Amazing that all those flowers grow wild. The waterbuffalo are dicentra or bleedinghearts. Thanks for posting and sharing.

  12. I just read Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life. It was a great book and inspiired me to change my reading style.

  13. The photos are phenomenal. Everywhere you point your camera there is complete beauty. Carmageddon was a no-show (at least on Saturday): it seems that everyone decided to stay home, barbeque, enjoy the amazing weather and simply chill. I’m reading a great book: The Greater Journey. It has all of the elements that I love: PARIS, PARIS, PARIS and HISTORY. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your Idaho life. Mary

    • My husband is reading “The Greater Journey” and loving it. Maybe he’ll lend it to me when he’s finished 🙂

  14. Slim,

    Don’t know if you love mysteries, but both Martha Grimes and the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child team write books with amazing characters and excellent plots. Look for Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries and Preston/Child’s Aloysius Pendergast novels.

  15. Dear Slim,
    I live in the hottest place on earth, Dallas. Your beautiful, restful photos actually cooled me. Of course, I’m inside with the ac working mightily; it’ll probably explode or expire soon.
    I’m keeping your pics to enjoy each day. Thanks so much.

  16. Read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s been around for years and she has many others that are great as well with wonderful characters.

  17. Those lupines remind me of one of my favorite books I read to my boys when they were little. It was the story of the lupine lady, who scattered seeds of lupines all over the world, and then when she grew too old to scatter seeds, she built a house on the side of a cliff where she could listen to the waves. Oh wait, that’s YOU. Anyway, the lupines are lovely—I don’t think she got to Alabama!

  18. Would you mind if I use your picture of the lupines as my laptop’s wallpaper? What a gorgeous image.

    Some books I’ve read this summer and enjoyed: “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, a bittersweet fictionalized account of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley; “The Lost City of Z” by David Grann, a non-fiction adventure story; and best of all “Three Junes” by Julia Glass.

    • Thanks Michele
      My husband bought me “The Paris Wife” but I’ve yet to read it. I have read “The Lost City of Z” (in fact, I blogged about it last year) and I enjoyed “Three Junes” as well!

  19. I die. So gorgeous. The river- I could weep! Enjoy every second of it please!!

    Is the fabulous hardware store (or was that the drug store?) still there next to one of my favorite grocery stores next to one of my favortie cooking shops??? Missing the mountains….

  20. You might want to have this to go with them
    “This is a very old Japanese legend that was told to me by my father, when we happened upon a Bleeding Heart flowerbush once, and today I will tell it to you. The really amazing thing about it is that the entire story, as happens in Japanese legends occasionally, can be illustrated in actual physical things—in this case, the anatomy of a flower.
    There once was a young man who fell dearly in love with a beautiful and wealthy maiden. He made her lavish gifts to try to win her love. Firstly, he gave her a pair of the most luxorious rabbits to keep as pets.These she took happily, but declared she could not love him. Still, he can’t bear to give up hope, and he makes her another gift of slippers made of the finest silk.She also recieved these gifts, but told the young man her feelings would never change towards him. Desperate, he spends the rest of his small savings to send her the most beautiful pair of earrings he could purchase.The maiden took the earrings, but still refused to marry the young man. Torn, and bereft, the young man knew finally that he had no more to give, and so he took his knife and pierced himself through the heart.the first Bleeding Heart plant sprung from the place where he died.Oh I was enchanted when my father told me this story, delicately taking the flower apart to show me the various parts of the legend. Never before have I seen science and fairy tales so closely intertwined. I can see why the story appealed to my father, who loves plants and has always seemed very well-versed in his own culture’s mythology, and it appeals to me for similar reasons. It is very indicative of the Japanese way of looking at things, close study combined with flightful imagination, building into a tragic romance.”

  21. Your home and the surrounding scenery are beautiful – enjoy your vacation! I will second some of the earlier suggestions – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Olive Kitteridge. I just ordered David McCullough’s new book about Americans in Paris – it is supposed to be very good. I also loved the Richard Jury series, although I felt they got a little bleak as time went on – The Man with a Load of Mischief is the first one, and I think you would be very taken with the characters.

  22. Love waking up on a Sunday morning to see these pictures. I don’t have a book to recommend but a great movie: Midnight in Paris. I knew nothing about it, I just went to the theater with a free movie pass. I traveled to 1920s Paris with the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso and Salvador Dali. You will love it.

  23. Visiting Bainbridge Island and relaxing with a book a friend recommended that is pulling me in…The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan. I always find Mary Magdelene intriguing and this work of fiction combines mystical cultures with Mary’s intrigue and has me happily hooked. My poor husband!

  24. Such beautiful pictures!! And your porch is wonderful with such gorgeous views. I have a few books that I have loved reading that I would like to share with you.
    My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (I emailed her as soon as I finished the book to ask when the next novel would be finished; she actually emailed back in about a 1/2 hour)
    Loved it.
    Shanghai GIrls by Lisa See (movie being made by Murdoch’s wife)
    The Help
    A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

    I could go on and on, but …………….:)

  25. Dear Slim,
    Have you read J. Maarten Troost “THE SEX LIVES OF CANNIBALS: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific” ? I know the title is eyebrow lifting, but it is one of the most FUN stories I have ever read. This book and his second book, “GETTING HIGH WITH SAVAGES”, made the rounds in our family. Old, young, male, female, all personality types LOVED these stories. Travel memoir, well-written and laugh-out-loud funny! You will wish he were your friend and neighbor.

  26. Sun Valley looks gorgeous! Enjoy your reading and relaxing…my current favorites are all memoirs…The Tender Bar, The Glass Castle, the highly controversial Million Little Pieces, and an all time favorite Tender at The Bone. Good summer reading and I like that they remind me to look past facades and listen to people’s stories…we all have one 🙂

    • I enjoyed “The Glass Castle” very much.
      A “Million Little Pieces” was an interesting read as well, although all the controversy gave it much more attention than it probably deserved.
      “Shantaram” came out around the same time if I remember correctly- supposedly all fiction but in fact perhaps based more on that author’s life than James Frey’s book was on his.
      I really enjoyed “Shantaram”, except for the few desperately awkward love “scenes” which verged on Harlequin romance .

  27. Good morning,
    Enjoyed your view of the meadow. Love your deck railings. The flowers that look like pink Water Buffalos are commonly called “bleeding hearts” or their less known name is dicentra. They are also available with white flowers.
    Have a good day, deb

  28. What beautiful images of Sun Valley-thank you. I recommend the new book by Ann Patchett, State of Wonder, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and I am hoping to read Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. She wrote the novel March about Louisa May Alcott’s father and the life she imagined he lived during the civil war which is also very good. I am planning on re reading the biography of Jennie by Randolph Martin about Winston Churchill’s mother. Thank you to Helena for the story behind the bleeding heart…I love them and now even more so that I know where the name came from.

  29. Oh how gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! The lupines are divine. What a lucky girl you are! I feel as though even just visiting your post was a respite from the day to day …
    Books .., hmmm I read too many … Outlander was good (some slow parts but you will absolutely fall in love with Jamie by the end. He’s dreamy.) Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. The Charles Todd Ian Rutledge mysteries (Start at the beginning. Great series set in post WWI England.) Anything by Edith Wharton. Wilkie Collins. Feint of Art by Hailey Lind. Still Life with Murder (The whole series. Only $1 on Kindle/ipad too.) The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen. And I love the Victoria Thompson series taking place in turn of the century NY. I’m sure I can think of more, but these were the first ones that popped into mind. Enjoy your break and Happy Reading.

  30. ‘China Court’–Rumer Godden; ‘An Episode of Sparrows’–Rumer Godden; ‘The Birds Fall Down’–Rebecca West; ‘The Buccaneers’–Edith Wharton (It’s Downton Abbey’–pretty much);’Emily Alone’–Stewart O’Nan; ‘My Sister’s Hand in Mine’–Jane Bowles.

  31. The scenery and photography is breathtakingly beautiful! If you enjoy murder mysteries check out my friend Barbara Serenella’s “Munch Mancini” mysteries. The lead character was based on herself in her younger years and evolves through the handful of books she wrote. Barbara unfortunately, passed away a couple of years ago during a liver transplant. The books are sort of along the lines of the ABC mysteries by Sue Grafton. And the Cat Who series is cute too, by Lillian Jackson Braun.

  32. Absolutely gorgeous! Sends happiness and inspiration to my soul. Thank you for taking the time to do such an amazing, fruitful and positive blog! I am hooked. I love seeing each inspirational thought or photo you post. Blessed you are! Thanks for sharing!

  33. I second the Charles Todd “Ian Rutledge” mysteries. Also, Naomi Hirahara’s “Mas Arai” mysteries about a crusty older Japanese-American gardner in LA (best to start at the beginning here, too). The skates filled with wildflowers are very pretty and I would love to ride a horse across that lawn…is there fly-fishing?

  34. Books… hmmm… “The Greek Tycoon’s Virgin Bride”, or maybe “The Italian Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride”, or the classic, “Secret Baby, Convenient Bride”. (Harlequin Presents – got a bunch for the elementary school librarian as an end of year “gift” – pretty sure they didn’t have these in the library yet.)

  35. What a wonderful blog. Always I am looking for your news because never are boring. I send you this message from Spain, yes. So far, but the good taste is the same in every place, in every corner of the planet. Thank you very much for being like you are.
    The book list would be very long, but for me, there is a book that is in my mind forever. It is Adrian´s Memories by Marguerite Duras, a french writer and a jewel.

  36. as a landscape designer i’d be more impressed with your environs if you went with native plants and got rid of the turf grass. these lawns look horribly out of place in this post and in your lawn shots of your home in santa barbara.

  37. Really enjoyed your post! “The Help” is one of my favorites. Lots of “colorful” characters; entertaining and memorable!

  38. Your bleeding heart (Dicentra) will be a big hit with your boys. ALso known as lady in the bath…..take one of the pink blossoms, turn it upside down, pull down gently on the two pink sides, and the “naked lady” in white will pop up – always gets a giggle!

    I am reading “Maine” – good summer read and I’ll say no more because I am not finished yet, but I think I will – which is saying a lot these days.

  39. This looks magical. I love the mountains as much in summer as i do winter. The wildflowers are beyond beautiful. Reminds me of my Colorado childhood and spending summers in Vail.

    • Let’s see, the flowers have been named….so many wonderful books have been suggested and I can strongly recommend the Charles Todd, Ian Rutledge Mysteries. There is another new book on the scene which i have not had a chance to read but comes very highly recommended by those who are reading it now…. Laura Hillenbrand’s new book “Unbroken”…a WWII story of survival, resilience and redemption. A true story!! She did such a wonderful job writing “Sea Biscuit” this has to also be a winner.
      AND last but not least….since I’m also in this beautiful valley…I totally agree we are blessed!
      Enjoy your stay!

  40. Can’t wait to be there myself. 14 days .
    Oh No Chateau new owners…..
    where will I find my…..everything??????

    • I know- first the Christmas ornament store and now this. Let’s put it this way- if you use waxing strips, bring them with you.
      On the upside, get the “home-made” brownie bites that are smothered in icing sugar from Atkinsons- so moist, so delicious and no nuts. Having one for breakfast 🙂

  41. Love your blog-love your photos. I don’t “love” the landscape designer being negative about YOUR choice of lawns…did I hear a “meow” escape her lips?
    Books–most people have read Peter Mayles’ books about Provence but not all have read his mysteries. They are all wonderful and unique. My favorite is Hotel Pastis.

  42. Slim,
    What beauty! I love the mountains in the summer.

    A totally light, but character filled series, Inspector Gamache books, by Louise Penny. The Brutal Telling is the first in the series…takes place in Montreal and focuses on a village called Three Pines. Makes me want to move to Canada!

  43. Oh my goodness, I am so jealous of your mountain lair!
    About books…I just finished “The Paris Wife”, which is historical fiction about Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. (He had four.) It’s fun because it’s about that time in the 1920’s when so many of the literati and great artists were living in Paris. (What I found frustrating about it was that there weren’t pictures and I wanted to see what everyone looked like. I did a search and put together a collection of pictures of the people mentioned. Let me know if you want me to send it to you.) The movie “Midnight in Paris” is about the same time period. Next, I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain”. If you just read what it’s about, you might be turned off because it’s written, ostensibly of course, by a dog. It’s over 300 pages but I loved it so much I read it in a day. Now, I’m reading “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard, the girl who was kidnapped at 11 and rescued 18 years later. On a similar note, I also read and liked “Room” which is fiction about a similar event. It’s told in the voice of a five year old boy who is born and held captive, along with his mother, in a room and the room is all that he knows. Someone mentioned “Sarah’s Key”. It’s emotionally wrenching–I was so upset I had to put it down for a day or two–but well worth reading. (Plus, there’s a movie coming out.) “West with the Night” by Beryl Markham is one I always recommend and I think you’ll like it. Last summer, I read “Jane Eyre” and “Huckleberry Finn” because I’d never read them and I liked them both. Next up, I’m reading “Crime and Punishment” and something by Ayn Rand since I’ve never read either. Plus “The Paris Wife” has got me wanting to reread some Hemingway.
    Off topic, but I’m loving “Million Dollar Decorators”. What do you think?

  44. Sorry I’m not able to respond to everyone’s rec. but this is fun- let’s do it more often!
    I guess I need to give “Cutting For Stone” another shot and “Sarah’s Key” might be in order.
    I must admit I am not a mystery reader. I think I’ve only read two; Wilkie Collins’ “The Woman in White” and “The Devil In The White City” if that counts as a mystery.

    and PS. Yes, Wendy- I am watching MDD. Oye.

  45. Just for a FUN. delightful, quick read – I think you’d enjoy The Haunted Bookhouse by Christopher Morley, published in 1919 — it’s really not a supernatural story of haunting, but that title is referring to the ghosts of the past that haunt all libraries and bookstores “the ghosts of all great literature.” It takes place at the end of WW1, it’s charming, funny and suspenseful.

  46. aren’t those little flowers ‘bleeding hearts’ – because of their appearance – I’ve seen them in red but not in fuschia

  47. Since you are in Hemingway country and you liked Midnight in Paris, why not read A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. I decided I had to read it after being so enchanted by the movie but was a bit worried that I really might not like reading a “great American writer.” Sort of daunting and hadn’t done it since high school. Turned out that I loved that book! Short little stories about his time in Paris. It was lovely.

    By the way, I’ve read your blog and love the photos, but have never commented. It is a wonderful, happy diversion.

  48. Slim, I adore your blog, I have just finished a few great books, first is Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, who was born and raised in Toronto ( my home) by parents from Mumbai . The second is Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, about an asian girl growing up in NYC. Both are fabulous reads. Just finished The Help- one of my all time fav’s and also loved The Paris Wife! Enjoy your vacay!

  49. well i’m so happy you have gotten away from all stress in santa barbara. whew. i want to be sitting on your deck, looking at bleeding hearts, reading and sipping a cocktail.

    in short, i want to be blissed out too.

  50. Slim, The photos are beautiful, as usual. The mood I get from looking at the Sun Valley pictures is one of relaxation. It makes me think of my parent’s summer house on a lake in NH, where we spent the 4th of July. I read two complete books in the 48 hours we were there. Very relaxing. I think I would do the same on your porch! I love all the book discussion and I have several I would recommend: One of the books I read over the 4th was The Kitchen House, a tale of slavery. It was quite good. Within the last few years, I have read two mysteries that I really enjoyed, but they aren’t “whodunnits”: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, about the daughter of a book seller hired to write the tale of a famous writer’s life. You are never sure what is fiction and what is real. The other is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s translated from Spanish and the language is so beautiful. Both are completely engrossing. Enjoy your time in SV! Susan

  51. What a breath of fresh mountain air. Much needed in the D.C. area where we’re having high temps and humidity–ugh.

    “Sara’s Key” is gripping reading, but has given some nightmares, so be warned. A somewhat obscure book that I loved is “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson. Haunting father-son story. I also enjoyed “between shades of gray” by Ruta Sepetys–what happened to the Lithuanians under Stalin’s rule.

    Beautiful bleeding heart story! Ours bloomed way back in April.

  52. I’m so happy I’m your neighbor in Montecito, even if we’ve never met! I love your positive thoughts and humor and above all, your appreciation of all things lovely.

  53. Just finished A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolf and really liked it. It’s the kind of book that leads you on … to wonderful vintage dresses, to books on vintage clothing, to perhaps Sarah’s Key? http://www.isabelwolff.com/usbooksava.html

    Your photos are amazingly beautiful – I’m always uplifted and inspired!

  54. Penny Vincenzi trilogy the Lytton Family Trilogy. No Angel was first of the three. Not literature but a great read. London, France, families, romance, history. Very involving.

  55. SV is where I was first introduced to Leonard Cohen’s Im your man – there was an olympic skater practicing his routine to it at the lodge.

    West with the Night – absolute perfection. What i am reading now is: Peter Mayle’s A good year and Around the house and Garden: a memoir of heartbreak, healing and housework by Dominque Browning. . . Slow love: how I lost my job, put on my pajamas and found happiness by her also, and And I shall have some peace there: trading in the fast Lane for my own dirt road by Margaret Roach. Oh the Happiness Project too. Anything by Elizabeth Berg, Ann Patchett, Anna Quinlin, or Anita Shreve is usually a good read. Whew! It’s no surprise that I am using Systane eye drops so frequently!

  56. One more book recommendation…The Book Thief. Best thing I’ve read in years. Your photos are so fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Yes, Bleeding Hearts indeed. My mother grew them in her front yard. Which was one of her summer favorites.

  58. I would have to say that the comments are just as good as your post. I have written down all the books listed and can’t wait to check them out. Some I have read (Sarah’s Key, so sad, but so good), some I haven’t.

    How about you poll your readers on a good moisturizer or face wash too? 😉

  59. I love the vintage ice skates on your beautiful door! My husband’s old hockey skates probably wouldn’t have the same beautifying effect on my door….
    The flowers are called in Finland “broken hearts” and as a child I thought they were the most romantic flowers ever ( like Romeo and Juliet).

  60. beautiful photos. as for my book recommendation i would have to say The House of Six Doors by Patricia Selbert is by far the best read I’ve come across in a long time. Full of wit, wisdom and whimsical island imagery, the book really can’t be beat. You can get a copy on Amazon!

  61. I’d recommend reading Songs in Ordinary Time, written by Mary McGarry Morris in 1995….it’s fantastic

  62. Those lovely pink flowers are called Bleeding Hearts. My mother-in-law has them leading to her door. Funny – I have a photo nearly identical to yours!

  63. Hi Slim,
    Just discovered your blog…..I’m hooked. As to a book recommendation, try “The River Wife”. I think I picked it up at Goodwill……this is one I will be keeping to reread. The first one in a long time that I couldn’t put down, but then I’d jump up and think “you have to walk away from this book or it will be over before you’re ready for it to end”.

  64. The pink flowers in the last photo are bleeding heart! We have them too, they come in pink and white also!!!! I LOVE them! For us in Pa. they only bloom in the Spring. Right now I am reading Sara’s key byTatiana de Rosnay and am finding it hard to put dowm. That railing is OUT OF THIS WORLD! While on vacation in NC years ago we ate at an innn that had railings INSIDE made of rhododendron vine! It also was spectacular! I am loving your blog! Gorgeous photos! XO, Pinky

  65. A wonderful book I read this summer with characters you will admire and care about is “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. It would make a great movie!! Just found your blog. Love it!!

Would love to hear from you!